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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 17, 2019 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where I Come From

Point taken; it was coming here and meeting up w the original Ashes ("Ashes_Rising", early, but long gone poster) that led me to all things Hunter (ie, his solo work, and w Jerry as twosome). His 80s and 90s shows used to be big in my rotation, and I still say his BoxRain is best for wakes/memorials.

Of course, writers age too, they just don't show it as obviously as performers (I know you expect me to say it: yes, I think his 1965-1975 works are his best...). But, I would love to see him sometime, much moreso than ANY of the others.

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Poster: Reade Date: Mar 17, 2019 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where I Come From

They certainly do age and I'd heartily concur as to his peak period. Still there's the sage, weary-but-still-game slant to his late work that you can *only* get with such 'seniority' as his. (Loved his observation in that one movie about his afternoon in London in May of 1970, when he let all the others loose for sightseeing and sat down in the hotel room by himself and penned three classics for all time: 'Those days will come again, but not for me.')

While there's the obvious writer/performer chasm to navigate with this, they're all nonetheless artists and I'd have to say he's maintained that particular integrity to a remarkable degree, given all the water that's gone under the bridge since '95. Still pushing it forward..

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 17, 2019 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where I Come From

Yeah, didn't mention that above--I have a sense he's "truest" to the Camelot-esque vision "we" (me, you, Ashes, Monte, etc.) had/have of what the DEAD represented in the period we worship (65-75), even if that was more an ideal than anything tangible on Earth.

And if that's no longer true about Hunter? Keep it to yourself.